coccyx fracture claim

Coccyx Fracture Claim Payouts Calculator: Compensation Amounts For Tailbone Injury

In this article we provide a quick reference table of coccyx fracture claim payouts (includes all manner of tailbone injury).

We explain what the coccyx is, why it is so sensitive to injury and when you can make a claim.

We describe the different types of compensation you can claim and typical types of accident that can cause coccyx injury.

Our article concludes with detailed calculations of compensation amounts with access to our free specialist solicitor legal help services.

Payouts Table For Coccyx Injury And Fracture Claims In 2023

Coccyx Injury / FractureClaim Payouts
Soft tissue injuries
Symptoms lasting a few months
Up to £2,500
Ligament damage
(up to 2 years of symptoms)
£2,500 – £7,900
More Serious
More serious fracture
Symptoms up to 5 years
£7,900 – £12,500

What is a coccyx fracture claim?

When a fracture to your coccyx (or broken tailbone) occurs in an accident or as the result of some other form of negligence of another – you might be entitled to a coccyx fracture claim for compensation from the person considered legally at fault for your coccyx injury.

A Business Can Be Found At Fault For Your Injuries
It is not just an individual who can be responsible for paying your compensation.
Businesses and other bodies (such as a council) may be considered legally at fault and be forced to pay you compensation for your coccyx injury.
An example is an employer. A colleague may have caused your injury, but your employer will be considered vicariously liable and will likely be responsible to pay you compensation.

What is the coccyx?

The coccyx is the known as the tailbone. It is so named as it is the evolutionary product of what was a tail in our ancestors.

The coccyx is the bottom end of the spinal column and is made from vertebrae, which start to fuse between the age of 16 – 18 years and form one bone by the time you are 34 years of age. The last vertebrae of your spine attaches to your sacrum (the triangular bone wedged between your hips) which in turn attaches to your coccyx.

As your coccyx does not have your spinal cord passing through it – the vertebra is not hollow as other spinal vertebrae are.

Why is the coccyx so sensitive?

The coccyx is very sensitive due to the number of nerves and ligaments attaching to it and lack of padding. Injury can be extremely painful with some very significant symptoms.

What are common types of accident that can cause coccyx injury?

Many types of accident can cause injury to your coccyx, including: pavement trips and falls on the, supermarket slip accidents, falls from height at work (such as ladder fall accidents) and motorcycle accidents.

coccyx work injury compensation claim
Coccyx Work Injury Compensation Claim

What different types of compensation can your compensation include?

There are primarily two types of compensation which can be included in your coccyx fracture claim, which include:

Pain, suffering and loss of amenity for a coccyx fracture claim

Pain and suffering is determined by reference to an independent expert medical report obtained by your solicitor.

Orthopaedic consultant report

For a fractured coccyx – it would likely be an orthopaedic consultant who completes this report.

Medico-Legal Report
The medical expert is instructed to produce the report taking into both medical and legal considerations. Hence, why the report is more properly known as a medico-legal report.
Nature of coccyx injury

The medical expert will describe the exact nature of your coccyx injury, whether it is just bruising, soft tissue injury or an actual fracture.


The expert will give a prognosis setting out what symptoms you are likely to experience into the future, including a time estimate for complete recovery or alternatively whether you are likely to be left with a permanent disability and restricted movement.

Solicitor calculates compensation

Based upon this medical report your solicitor will calculate the average payout for pain and suffering for your coccyx fracture claim settlement.

Case law and judicial guidance

Your solicitor will compare case law for similar injuries decided by the courts in the past and guidance given by the courts in the Judicial College Guidelines.

Financial losses and expenses

In addition to pain and suffering you are entitled to financial losses and expenses suffered as a direct result of your accident.

Lost earnings

Your biggest financial loss is typically lost income (both past and future lost income).

Disadvantage should you lose your job

Should you continue to work in the same workplace despite ongoing disability or symptoms – you may be entitled to to disadvantage on the open labour market. This is a sum to compensate for the risk that should you lose your job that you will be less likely to find employment compared with another individual who has not suffered a coccyx fracture injury.

Examples of average compensation payouts for coccyx fracture claims

Some examples of average claim payouts in 2023 for the pain and suffering you experience from a coccyx fracture or other tailbone injury, include:

Your Coccyx Injury May Not Be As Serious As A Fracture
If you suffer soft tissue, ligament or other injury to your coccyx, which is not as severe as a fracture, you can still claim compensation – so long as legal fault of another can be proven.

Coccyx damage involving soft tissue and ligament injury

If you suffer minor injury to your coccyx, which does not include a fracture and includes soft tissue injuries with symptoms lasting a few weeks up to a few months – average compensation payouts are likely to be calculated at up to £2,500.

Minor coccyx fracture payouts

When you suffer a more severe injury including ligament damage or a broken coccyx bone with symptoms lasting up to two years – the average claim payout you will receive will be calculated between £2,500 – £7,900.

Moderate coccyx fracture claims

If your fractured coccyx results in symptoms for up to five years or you have degenerative problems accelerated (brought forward) or exacerbated (made worse) for a extended period of time – the calculation of your coccyx fracture claim amount is likely to be between £7,900 – £12,500.


In this article you have seen how a solicitor calculates the payout you can for a coccyx injury. With an up to date table of payout amounts for all manner of tailbone injury – from soft tissue injury and ligament damage to minor and more complex fractures.

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